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Royal Wedding: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan, Maktoum and Ahmad get married in Dubai

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and two of his brothers got married on Wednesday in a joint ceremony.

Sheikh Hamdan married Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum.

His brothers, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammed, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, also got married.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took to social media to congratulate the three brothers on this happy occasion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The three couples had their Islamic wedding, where they sign the official marriage contract, but the wedding ceremony is still yet to be announced.

 

UAE's public personalities took to social media to congratulate the couples.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Match made in heaven

Following the news of the Al Maktoum wedding, Nasif Kayed, chief executive officer and founder of Arab Culturalist consultancy based in Dubai, told Gulf News how such unions take place in Emirati society.

“The concept of an engagement first happens when an adult man and woman meet, their families also meet, and agree that a match has been made in heaven. Each party knows what journey they will take and are ready to form a commitment,” he said.

In Islam, the engagement is a contract signed before a judge where the bride and groom express their official approval to marry one another, and Surat Al Fatiha is then recited during the ceremony.

“In this phase, only immediate family members are aware of the union and the community do not know about it yet. This agreement can last anywhere from a few months to one year, however long it takes to get to know each other,” said Kayed.

Although the couple are technically married, their union may still remain private until the wedding ceremony takes place.

Weddings of ruling families in the UAE are reserved events that are not celebrated in public or on television, although the emirate may choose to decorate the city with lights.

“Families get together in Ramadan and can get connected even further by a marriage. A marriage is about the unification of two people, and what best other time can there be than during the blessed month,” he said.

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